New Welsh Government consultation on abandoned horses
ABANDONED horses are the subject of a new Welsh Government consultation.
Ministers said they wanted to find a long-term solution to the issue, which has featured regularly in the Evening Post.
The eight-week consultation also seeks to address fly-grazing - the term for leaving grazing animals on land without the owner's permission.
Deputy Minister for Agriculture, Alun Davies AM, said the Welsh Government wanted a "zero tolerance approach" to ensure Wales was "free from the unacceptable social, economic and environmental harm caused by the nuisance of fly-grazing".
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Mr Davies said enforcement agencies and welfare groups were tackling these issues "head on".
But last week farmers' group NFU Cymru claimed there were no efficient or cost-effective legal tools to stamp out fly-grazing.
Swansea Council impounded 341 horses in the past three years and did not prosecute any owners for not having passports for their animals, as owners are supposed to have.
Owners are not allowed to tether their horses on council-owned land.
Post readers have repeatedly voiced their concerns about the plight of horses that have either been found dead or in a poor condition.
Just over a week ago Swansea mum Catherine Clutterbuck found a dead mare among trees in Long Ridge, Mayhill.
Responsible horse owners in the area may be feeling the actions of a few are giving all owners a bad name.